In a league of their own

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While there are many candidates running for the River Forest District 90 school board, Rich Moore, Cal Davis, Barb Hickey and Katie Avalos are clear standouts for those who best exemplify integrity, genuine dedication, and a collective resume of experience that put them in a league of their own.

We have come to know both Rich and Cal as neighbors and friends over the years we have lived in River Forest. These devoted dads are coaches and PTO volunteers who are willing to roll up their sleeves for any job. Rich has more than 25 years of service in public education with assorted degrees to match, making him a wealth of knowledge on all things related to education. Cal brings experience in the financial sector and has been assigned to the D90 Finance Committee, a perfect place for someone who insists on serving as a fiscal conservative and ensuring we do not ever go to referendum.

Barb brings the perspective of residents who make up the vast majority of stakeholders in River Forest. She is the only candidate who does not have children in the district and is a voice for those roughly 78 percent of residents who do not have children in the district and want to stay in town long after their own kids have graduated from college. Barb was an active member of the PTO and even founded Heartworks, a service effort that reminds children of the importance of giving to others. Like Barb, Katie also found her community voice serving in a variety of roles on the PTO. Most recently, she has been the PTO liaison to the BOE for the past four years, making her acutely informed on the issues and needs of our district.

It is no surprise that all four of these candidates were endorsed by Wednesday Journal.

We strongly encourage you to cast your vote for these passionate and dedicated candidates for the D90 school board on April 2.

Annette and Mike Madden

River Forest

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